ALTA - Eric Hanson rushed for 123 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown run which set the tone for the game as Alta picked up its first win of the season with a 26-12 verdict over River Valley on Friday night.
Hanson's TD run put Alta up 6-0 in the second quarter. After a River Valley score tied the game, Alta quarterback Jamie Hammer connected with Dru Leyden for a 19-yard touchdown pass.
Blake Huseman added a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter and Matt Page recovered a fumble and ran 36 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Huseman, Tyler DeMan and Joey Ciechanowski led Alta's defense with 11 tackles apiece. Luke Nielsen added nine.
"That first quarter our defense did a good job," Alta coach Kevin Hammer said. "We held them to 2 yards rushing and set the tone. Field position was a big key in the first half. We had some good field position and scored in the second quarter. We made some adjustments at halftime. We played with a lot of fire the first half."
River Valley 0 6 0 6 - 12
Alta 0 12 8 6 - 26
A-Hanson 46 run (run failed)
RV-Bakker 1 run (kick failed)
A-Leyden 19 pass from Hammer (pass failed)
A-Huseman 1 run (Leyden pass from Hammer)
A-Page 36 fumble recovery (kick failed)
RV-Jensen 83 run (pass failed)
TEAM STATISTICS RV A
First downs 8 10
Rushes-yards 40-195 45-176
Com.-Att.-Int. 3-7-2 4-7-0
Passing yards 32 38
Return yards 45 93
Punts-Avg. 5-20 4-36
Fumbles-lost 2-1 4-2
Penalties-yards 6-51 6-43
Rushing-Alta: Hanson 21-123, Huseman 5-15, Leyden 2-5, Nielsen 8-36. River Valley: Briese 9-12, Demarest 2-6, Jensen 8-88, Bakker 20-82.
Passing-Alta: Hammer 4-7-0-38. River Valley: Jensen 3-7-2-32.
Receiving-Alta: Leyden 2-22, Droegmiller 1-2, Glienke 1-14. River Valley: Graham 1-7, Bakker 1-25.
Tackles-Alta: Huseman 11, DeMan 11, Ciechanowski 11, Nielsen 9, Millard 8, Page 5.